07/07/2011 04:02 pm ET Updated Sep 06, 2011

Stand Strong for Social Security

In recent days, the rumors that President Obama is considering cuts to Social Security and Medicare have continued to grow.

Democrats need to stand strong against any efforts to cut benefits to Social Security and Medicare.

It's time to draw a line in the sand. Join me in calling on President Obama to take a firm stand in defending Social Security and Medicare.

At a time when the United States is handing out tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, corporate jet owners, and millionaires and billionaires, it is ludicrous that we would even be looking at Social Security and Medicare as a solution to our debt crisis.

Right now, it's clear that not all Americans are paying their fair share. Currently, the 400 wealthiest Americans, with an average annual income of $270 million, are able to use our tax code to pay the same tax rate as a middle-class Rhode Island family. What's more, loopholes in our tax system allow corporations to get $100 billion in taxpayer giveaways.

It's time for a shared sacrifice. We need to unequivocally declare that benefit cuts to Social Security and Medicare are off the table. We cannot solve the deficit crisis on the back of our seniors. We need all Americans to pay their fair share.

As a co-founder of the Defend Social Security Caucus in the Senate, you can count on me to continue to stand up for our seniors and fight any back door efforts to cut benefits. I hope you'll join me in this important fight.

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